Sunday, September 23, 2007

Baby Girl is 7!

Our baby girl turned seven Saturday. The time has sure flown by! We celebrated with her friends yesterday and our families today. Here are some cute shots of her throughout her seven years.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Business Trip

I think every woman, especially with smallish children, gets to a point in her life when the thought of being sent away on a business trip for a week sounds like pure heaven. A quiet hotel room, a nice big comfy bed all to one's self...not to mention dinner out every night - that you had no hand in preparing, nor shopping for...and all in the guise of "work" - which means they are paying you to do this! Am I the lucky one transported off to mid-town America for a benign compensation conference?

Alas, no. I am the one at home juggling work and three kids, begging my mom to come stay, shuttling off to Papa & Nana's babysitting service (thanks by the way to all of you!), dance, scouts, religion classes, etc. while my better half gets to lounge in the lap of perceived conference luxury. Am I jealous? see, he has to share a room with his boss!

(But I do miss him!) (And its really not that bad, it just makes for a better story!)

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

September 11, 2007

It was on September 11, 2001 that my oldest son went to his first day of preschool. Ironically, on September 11, 2007, my youngest son also went to his first day of preschool. Hard to believe it has been six years already since 9/11. I still cry at that footage.
Chooch had a great time and is definitely ready for all the excitement of preschool. His favorite part of the day? The playground! Of course. My baby is growing up.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Happy Birthday Wishes

Today is the birthday of a very special and important person in my life.

My Mom!

She is a role model and an inspiration to me. She can get me laughing until we cry and can't speak! She is always there for me when I need her. She is a great daughter to my grandma, taking care of her and being there for her as she is for all the people in her life. She is a wonderful Nannie to her six grandkids. She is my friend and my cheerleader, my sounding board and my confidant.

Thanks for all you do for us, Mom!

Happy Birthday and I love you!

Friday, September 07, 2007

First Week of School

Here are shots of the kids from the first day of school. Don't let their cute faces fool you, they weren't all that excited to be going back. (I was though!)

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day Weekend! Matt and I headed to the 4th Annual Marshall Run on Saturday Morning, where we were surprised to finish in reach of the trophies...a miraculous feat by any measure! (We now feel much more comfortable in the company of the Taylors)! Matt took 3rd in his age group and I took 2nd in mine. That "one noticeable hill" seemed somehow bigger this year.

The weekend also brought us back to Camp Osto for the Last Hooray of Summer! We were joined by our families - 18 people total - for Camp Osto style fun. Of course we hit the river for tube trips both short and long, and the kids fled to the woods for some serious fort building and war games. There were amazing starry nights around the campfire accompanied by Curtis on the guitar and Matt's perfectly roasted marshmallows for s'mores. Fireworks, flea markets, card playing, and more. All the kids looked great in their new "Camp Osto" official t-shirts too.

Thanks to everyone who came and camped and "roughed" it for three days! We love you all.